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About SMU


SMU seeks to create and impart knowledge that will shape citizens who contribute to their communities and lead their professions in a global society.

Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. Among its faculty, students, and staff, the University develops skills and cultivates principled thought and wisdom. The University is dedicated to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry and to its United Methodist heritage.



R. Gerald Turner, President

Paul W. Ludden, Provost and Vice President
Academic Affairs

Thomas E. Barry, Vice President
Executive Affairs

Brad E. Cheves, Vice President
Development and External Affairs

Christine C. Regis, Vice President
Business and Finance

Paul Ward, Vice President
Legal Affairs and Governmental Relations
General Counsel and Secretary

Lori S. White, Vice President
Student Affairs

Michael A. Condon, Chief Investment Officer

Rick Hart, Director

Gillian M. McCombs
Central University Libraries

Albert W. Niemi, Jr.
Cox School of Business

Thomas DiPiero
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Jennifer Collins
Dedman School of Law

Marc P. Christensen, Dean
Lyle School of Engineering

Sam Holland
Meadows School of the Arts

William B. Lawrence
Perkins School of Theology

James E. Quick
Research and Graduate Studies

David J. Chard
Simmons School of Education and Human Development